Frequently Asked Questions - Teaching English in Secondary Schools (TESS) (MA)
See the "Next Steps" tab above for information. If you have any questions, please contact the program coordinator(s) and/or enrollment contact to the right or contact the Office of Continuing and Distance Education at ContinuingEd@uni.edu.
Yes, teacher licensure is required for admission. If you do not have a teaching license, you must complete teacher education coursework before beginning this graduate program.
If you are a post-BA student and have been in the workforce for several years, you may wish to explore an alternative licensure program - the Iowa Intern License Pathway.
Yes, prior undergraduate work in each of the following areas is required:
- Advanced Writing or Teaching of Writing
- American Literature
- Modern or Ethnic Literature
- Young Adult Literature
- Teaching of English
|Undergraduate GPA||Admission consideration|
|3.0 and above||May be considered for full admission|
|2.75-2.99||May be considered for provisional admission|
|Less than 2.75||May be denied admission|
There are no entrance exams required for this program; however, students from countries where the native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
The program is planned so that students move through the sequence of courses as a cohort group. The first course forms a foundation for the program and includes an induction unit describing the program goals, sequence of courses, standards, rubrics and academic expectations. For that reason, it is important that you enroll and complete the courses in the same sequence. Program faculty expect that students have a growing knowledge of concepts built upon a prescribed sequence of courses. In addition, program faculty work to build an online community as students move through the course sequence together.
While it is often possible to make up courses that are missed, our commitment is to deliver the courses as outlined in the cohort schedule. This is not designed as a program in which students come and go. Rather, the cohort model requires that students take the prescribed sequence in unison. Should you need to miss a course, you should consult with your program advisor for options.
When you have completed the steps to admission and have been accepted into the program, we will send you details and information about how to enroll in the first course. After you participate in the first term of courses in the cohort sequence, the Office of Continuing and Distance Education will notify you with enrollment details for the next term of courses as they become available. You are required to enroll in your courses each semester.
In general, students complete the full set of courses outlined in the program. It is possible to transfer a limited number of graduate credits. However, this credit must meet the following criteria:
- Course must be a regular graduate course with a graduate course number (not professional development or college credit through an Educational Agency or conference).
- Course must be taken by the student in graduate status, and the official transcript must show a grade of B- or better earned.
- Course must be applicable as a graduate requirement at the institution where it is taken.
- Course must be taught by regular graduate faculty.
- Course must meet the UNI seven-year recency requirement.
- Academic departments will determine whether or not they wish to accept transfer credit even if it meets the above requirements. These criteria were established to prevent credits not intended for use toward graduate degrees (i.e., Area Education Agency/professional development credits) from being used to meet UNI degree program requirements.
Please check with the program coordinator about specific situations and Transfer Evaluation forms.
For information about course delivery, please see the "Overview" and "Program Schedule" tabs above.